Accession Number : ADA301022

Title :   The USAF and Technological Asymmetry: A Critique of Current Air Power Theory and Doctrine.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Wilhelm, Karen S.

PDF Url : ADA301022

Report Date : 19 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 61

Abstract : This monograph examines the question of whether the United States Air Force (USAF) is too reliant upon technological asymmetry. It examines four possible paths to over-reliance and then surveys Air Force doctrine and air power theory. The study then assesses that doctrine and theory in light of potential over-reliance on technological asymmetry. The analysis shows that the USAF is over-reliant on technological asymmetry. The current air power theory and doctrine of strategic attack requires technology to replace some aspects of human decision making, technology to replace strategy (to a degree), the elimination of fog and friction, and certainty regarding enemy reactions in order to be effective. These assumptions, which are the foundation of the theory, require careful and rigorous examination - which the Air Force has not yet accomplished. Over-reliance on technological asymmetry raises fundamental concerns, and USAF thinkers must address these concerns in order to make the theory and doctrine truly viable. (MM)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE, *AIR POWER, *AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, *AIR SUPERIORITY FIGHTERS, AIR FORCE, MILITARY STRATEGY, DECISION MAKING, TERRAIN, ASYMMETRY, AEROSPACE CRAFT, STRATEGIC WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE